District 518 welcomes new educators
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
Name: Valerie Rossow
Position: English as a Second Language, Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School.
Education: Hoffman-Kensington High School; Moorhead State University; coursework at St. Cloud State University, Hamline University, and Minnesota State University Mankato.
Previous experience: 16 years in St. James, Northfield and Faribault schools.
Teaching philosophy: Using developmentally appropriate best practices to facilitate language acquisition of language minority students. Students deserve an equitable opportunity to learn.
Favorite part of teaching: Working with students/families who are following their American Dream.
Name: Megan Nagel
Position: Language arts, Area Learning Center.
Education: St. Anthony High School, St. Thomas University.
Previous experience: one semester high school language arts, three years substitute teaching.
Teaching philosophy: I believe in encouraging interest in education and academic success. When students understand the opportunities available through adequate education, motivation to succeed in learning becomes inherent.
Favorite part of teaching: Developing positive relationships with students and being part of a successful learning process.
Name: Jenna Pulkrabek
Position: social worker, district wide
Education: Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School, Bemidji State University.
Previous experience: two years social worker at Lac Qui Parle Valley schools. Participation in extracurricular activities and the community.
Teaching philosophy: It is important to me to work cooperatively with parents, students and the school to achieve goals and alleviate any problems that may arise.
Favorite part of teaching: Having an opportunity to work with students and families and, being able to plant the seeds of change and growth.
Name: Juliann FitzSimmons
Position: adapted physical education, district wide
Education: Maple River High School, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Previous experience: Four years coaching B-squad basketball and softball at Maple River High School.
Teaching philosophy: Help students achieve success and teach them to challenge themselves.
Favorite part of teaching: Helping students develop skills that they will use throughout their lifetime. Also, watching students reach their goals and develop confidence.
Name: Megan Erickson
Position: first grade, Prairie Elementary
Education: Austin High School; Concordia College, Moorhead.
Previous experience: student teaching in Fargo, N.D.; AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Reads Program
Teaching philosophy: I believe that all students can learn. A teacher meets the needs of all students, makes learning fun and teaches in a variety of ways.
Favorite part of teaching: Watching the progress that students make and seeing that they are understanding what is being taught.
Name: Carissa Gabrielson
Position: fourth and fifth grade emotional/behavioral disorders special education, Prairie Elementary
Education: Austin High School, Winona State University
Previous experience: Long-term substitute teaching and varsity girls’ golf coach at Austin schools.
Teaching philosophy: Keep the students engaged in their learning process. Make them feel safe and ready to ask questions at all times.
Favorite part of teaching: Getting to know kids from all different backgrounds and inspiring them to achieve at their highest ability.